NTA Delays Joint CSIR-UGC-NET Exam Due to ‘Unavoidable Circumstances’ and ‘Logistic Issues’

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has deferred the Joint CSIR UGC NET 2024 exam, which was originally slated to occur from June 25 to June 27, 2024. This abrupt change has caught numerous candidates off guard, disrupting their meticulous preparations for this pivotal assessment.

The postponement compounds the challenges faced by the central education ministry, which is already grappling with the fallout from the NEET paper leak scandal. Following the cancellation of the UGC NET exam, the CSIR UGC NET exam—an evaluation of research aptitude in scientific disciplines—has similarly been delayed. The NTA attributed this decision to “unavoidable circumstances and logistic issues” in their announcement on Friday.

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While the exact nature of these challenges remains unspecified, there is speculation that the postponement is an attempt to preempt another paper leak incident. The University Grants Commission (UGC) emphasized the significance of the CSIR UGC NET exam in determining eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship, Lectureship, and Assistant Professorship roles in universities and colleges throughout India.

The NTA has not provided a new date for the exam, advising candidates to frequently check the official website, csirnet.nta.ac.in, for the latest updates.

UGC NET Exam Cancelled

The UGC NET exam was conducted on June 18 in two sessions nationwide, with participation from nine lakh candidates. However, the exam was annulled on June 19 due to concerns over its integrity. Similarly, the NEET exam has been embroiled in controversy following allegations of corruption, particularly after 67 candidates, many from the same examination center, achieved perfect scores of 100 percent.

In the midst of these scandals, the NTA’s decision to postpone yet another major national examination has further exacerbated the uncertainty and anxiety faced by aspiring researchers and students.

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